Some of the greatest stars of today are a byproduct of Disney TV shows, like Miley Cyrus from ‘Hannah Montana’, The Jonas Brother from ‘Camp Rock’, Selena Gomez from ‘The Wizards of Waverly Place’ and also some non-musical stars like Shia LaBeouf. But Disney has not only influenced the lives of these stars but ours as well. A lot of us grew up watching these teenage dramas, being able to relate all of our problems with them. A lot of times we were even able to learn something from these shows and apply that to our real lives.
But Disney has come a long way from drama and coming of age comedies and has managed to enter the world of comics by acquiring Marvel Studios in the year 2009. Apart from Spiderman, X-Men, Venom, Fantastic Four and a few other Marvel heroes, Disney holds the right for almost all Marvel superheroes. And now that Disney has also acquired Fox, we might get to see some more new superheroes like in the Disney MCU universe.
Disney has been known for producing shows that are an epitome of family entertainment for generations now and being able to access these on the online streaming website Netflix just made it easier for us to rejoice the good old well written Disney shows and movies very easily. But now that the channel is coming up with its own online streaming services, things may not necessarily remain the same. Disney might start withdrawing its movies and shows from Netflix soon, but till then, you can watch some of the channel’s most popular shows. Here’s the list of really good Disney shows on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
9. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (2013)
‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ is set in a world that exists after the events of the Battle of New York from the first Avengers film. The Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement: Logistics Division now needs a team that can allocate alien activities all around the globe so that preventive measures can be taken to stop them. The team includes Agent Phil Coulson, May, Daisy, Fitz, Skye, and Simmons, with each of them possessing a different skill that’ll together make them an unstoppable force that protects those who cannot defend themselves against the arising supervillain who threaten the world. This show has immense potential and it even manages to live up to it, a must watch for all the Marvel fans out there who want to fill their time between Marvel movie releases.
8. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
This ‘Star Wars’ animated series chronicles through the events that took place between the second episode, ”Attack of the Clones” and the third episode, ”Revenge of the Sith”. ‘The Clone Wars’ revolves around the wartime days of three major characters that are Anakin Skywalker, Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi. This animated series acts as a crossover between the original ‘Star Wars’ series and the prequels that came out later and also introduces many new characters to the ‘Star Wars’ family which includes Captain Rex and Ashoka Tanu. The first season of this show might seem a little dull, boring and childish, but from the second season, things start getting better with each episode in terms of creativity and also the storyline.
From the third season, this shows goes beyond any typical kids show with just flashy lights and sounds. The series actually starts offering a more intelligent plot that can easily grab the interest of an adult as well. Not just the storyline but the animations style and action sequences change as well, and it becomes more suitable for a mature audience. The seasons that follow season 4 become more and more interesting with each episode. Overall, this series starts dull but quickly catches up to a very interesting tone. The animation gets much better with time and even the soundtracks get better with each season, making the whole show a must watch for those who follow ‘Star Wars’ and also a starting point for those who do not.
7. Liv and Maddie (2013)
This show is pretty much like the Hannah Montana series; the only difference is that this one actually has two different people with two opposing personalities living together instead of two different personalities living in one person. Liv lives the life of a popular TV show actress and is forced to get back to school after her show comes to an end, while her twin sister Maddie is a brilliant student who excels in every field at school including studies and sports. Maddie finds herself being almost on the verge of getting extremely popular at her school through her basketball skills when suddenly Liz is back to school to threaten her popularity and take away all the fame.
But things don’t end there. Their lives get more complicated with the fact that their parents work at their school, which gives another twist to the story. This show is absolutely hilarious and also plays out very cleverly. The two twins who have clashing personalities help each other get through the complications of their school life while their parents try to keep them under their eyes and prevent them from going off-track in the funniest ways possible. Out of all the Disney shows on Netflix right now, this is one of the best teen dramas out there. If you want to bring back and relive the old Disney vibes, you should surely check this one out.
6. BUNK’D (2015)
This Disney series is the spin-off of ‘Jessie’ and revolves around the lives of three siblings Emma, Zuri, and Ravi Ross. The trio visits an old camp for teenagers where her parents had first met to get a small glimpse of what they had experienced back in the day and relived the memories that their parents had once narrated to them. But life at Camp Kikiwaka is not all sunshine and rainbows and the three will have to go through various challenges that come in their way which includes a love triangle and also their own personal fears.
The camp will eventually make them grow and will also allow them to build new friendships that may last for a lifetime. This show has been heavily criticized for its depictions of stereotypes around Asians and also its poorly written dialogues. ‘BUNK’D’ may not exactly be on the better side of Disney but will still be enjoyed by those who like ‘Jessie’. The show has some decent puns that will make you crack up and it lasted for 3 seasons, which is not bad at all for show of this genre.
5. The Punisher (2017)
‘The Punisher‘ starring Jon Bernthal will not come up with more seasons on Netflix and has only had a runtime of two years, but regardless of short runtime, this Punisher character has turned out to be the most impactful one compared to all the others depictions. In this one, Frank Castle seeks to avenge the murder of his family, but he finds himself in the middle of a deep conspiracy that’s beyond the roots of the underworld of the city. As he starts serving justice to those who were even distantly involved in the murders of his family, his intentions are judged and questioned by everyone; some support him and see his as a superhero figure while others call him a cold-blooded killer.
Many times, filmmakers have attempted to portray this character from the comics on the silver screen, but none of them came even a little close to this one. This version of ‘The Punisher’ has the perfect action scenes that will be admired by the ones who love gore and violence and also has amazing villains who are as strong and brutal as the Punisher himself. John Bernthal perfectly executes the role of Frank Castle and he does it so well it’s almost as if he was born for this role. Hopefully, this amazing show will be somehow saved from getting canceled somehow because this one deserves a season 3. Marvel fans who have not seen this one, what are you even waiting for?
4. Jessica Jones (2015)
Another great Marvel show that is sadly coming to an because its next season has been canceled as of now. In this one, Jessica Jones struggles with the memories of her past stint of superhero adventures that had tragically ended way too soon. She now lives a sad life as a private investigator in the city of New York. She deals with cases that mostly involve people with extraordinary abilities and at times, also uses her own superpowers to help those in need and are willing to do pay her in return.
Krysten Ritter portrays a very strong lead character who is independent and charming in her own badass way. The show started off really well with season one which was nothing but a masterpiece but season two turned out to be equally disappointing for the fan base that this one had acquired after the first one. Everyone was hoping that season 3 will be better than season two and the show will go back to being the masterpiece that it was before. Netflix has confirmed that there will be a season three for this one unlike ‘The Punisher’, but this one may be the last. We really hope it turns out to be as good as the first season.
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3. Iron Fist (2017)
After 15 years of being presumed dead, Danny Rand returns to his home — New York City. He tries to reconnect with the past that he had left behind 15 years ago but his intentions are now doubted by his childhood friend who runs his parent’s company. But Danny is indeed not the same anymore because he now holds the power of impeccable martial arts skills and also the power of the legendary Iron Fist. He must choose between fulfilling the responsibilities of his family legacy and using his powers for the betterment of society by bringing justice to those who deserve it.
The show has been criticized for its “cultural misappropriation” just because a white man is portrayed as a Kung fu master. Critics have argued that a Chinese man would have played this role better but these claims are totally ludicrous because even the original character is a white man who does Kung Fu. Don’t listen to the critics and watch this one if you are a Marvel fan.
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2. Daredevil (2015)
Blinded by a chemical spill, Matt Murdock had lost his vision during his childhood. But instead of proving it to be a disability, his blindness turns out to be his strongest asset and it enables him to see the world in a way no one else can, empowering him above all those who have no issues with their vision. The man may be blind but that does not stop him from serving justice not only as a vigilante at night but also as a lawyer during the day.
Filmmakers in the past have tried to portray this character as well but none of them come nearly close to this one. The action in this one has been perfectly executed and has a very realistic feel to it, unlike the movie that seemed to have a lot of wire work done. His powers have also not been overly exaggerated and the simplicity of it makes the character even more interesting than the previously adapted characters who had sonar vision and what not. For all those who want to embrace the darker side of the MCU should surely give this one a try, you will not be disappointed.
1. Luke Cage (2016)
‘Luke Cage’, too, met the same fate that was met by other Marvel shows and will not have a season 3. But for those who have not seen the first two seasons, you will absolutely love this show that revolves around a man who acquires super strength and unbreakable skin after an experiment that goes wrong. Soon, he must learn to use his newly discovered powers to save the heart of his city and also deal with dark memories of his past that resurface all over again. This series is surely on par with all the other great MCU shows on Netflix but sadly, it came to an end after the second season itself.
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